NEW DELHI, India — Five Christians, three of them pastors, were assaulted in separate incidents in India, according to Morning Star News.
On Sept.1, police in Uttar Pradesh state arrested three Christians on false charges of forcible conversion. One Christian was soon released, but the other two were beaten and warned to stop practicing Christianity, the report states. The following day, they were charged with breaking COVID-19 protocols and were released.
In Chhattisgarh state Sept. 5, police interrupted worship at New Life Fellowship Ministry in Raipur to summon Pastor Harish Sahu, Morning Star states. Sahu and two other local pastors — Ankush Bariyekar and Prakash Masih — reported to the police station. About 200 Hindu extremists protested outside, while some forced their way inside.
The extremists attacked the pastors and manhandled a police officer. Two other officers helped to force the assailants out of the station, the report states. Charges were filed against 10 assailants.
India is No. 10 on Open Doors’ 2021 World Watch List of places most difficult to be a Christian.
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